This is proposed to be run again in 2019


Folk Orchestra Workshop at Stroud Folk Weekend. Leader: Fran Wade

Last year’s Folk Weekend ‘playing duets’ workshop evolved into a folk orchestra which now meets once per month at Rodborough Village Hall and did its first gig in June.  Music for this year’s workshop is for a full orchestra and includes a tune line, a counter melody line, another harmony line – the continuo, lines for viola and cello / bass, chord notation and parts for Bb clarinets and Eb saxophones.  The workshop will appeal to players who are inspired by our rich musical heritage and who would like to play together in a more structured way than would be found in a traditional pub session.  The style will be ‘chamber orchestra meets folk’ where the rhythm comes from the tune and accompaniment players rather than a hefty set of timps and percussion.  The workshop is likely to include fiddles, mandolins,  flutes, concertinas, recorders, violas, cellos, double bass, guitars, keyboard, clarinets, alto sax, accordions –  really anything that squeezes, blows, plinks or scrapes apart from percussion.  Players will need to be able to follow a line of music, but not be expert sight readers.

We will do 4 – 5 traditional tunes drawn from the music of the British Isles.  The 2 hour workshop will include a brief break for refreshment and will be followed by a performance of our endeavours at the start of the afternoon concert at 1pm.  It will be a glorious noise!

Fran Wade has been playing folk music for decades in various bands and has led orchestras and choirs both locally and at festivals further afield (eg Whitby, Broadstairs, Prince Albert Carol Consort, Stroud).

Cost: £5 (not including refreshments). Bring a pencil, highlighter pen and music stand. Arrive 10.15am for a prompt 10.30 start. Workshop finish: 12.30. Concert: 1.00 – 1.30. Lunch after the concert slot!.


Dursley Music Session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8.00pm onwards Ye Olde Dursley Hotel, Long St., Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome. For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message.
Friday evening at the Ale House 8pm

The Five Valleys Session regularly meet at Stroud Brewery, Thrupp GL5 2BU on the 1st Thursday and at The Ram, South Woodchester GL5 5EQ on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The music is mainly a mix of Celtic and English tunes, with a peppering of French, Scandinavian and maybe Americana and a bit of blues. Alternatively, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Stroud Brewery there is often an offshoot of this group playing mainly Balkan & Klezmer tunes. This weekend they are hosting:
Music Session at the Ale House Saturday 1-2:45pm.

FINNEGAN’S WOK    Richard Cox 07890 985381

Finnegans Wok is a five piece Ceilidh band playing a mixture of music from Great Britain & Ireland to which we add the occasional American set. The instrumentation comprises fiddle, melodeon, whistles, guitar, tenor banjo & percussion, occasionally adding flute & various members of the mandolin family.

Over the years the band has performed at Ceilidhs & barn dances for wedding receptions, anniversaries, fund-raising events & parties of all sorts; anywhere, in fact where a good time is wanted. If the beer is good we’ll be there.

Music Session at the Ale House Sunday 2-4 pm.  


Provisional 2019 Programme

PDF of proposed itinery 2019



2018 – sessions, singarounds and concerts etc .

Saturday Dance Running Order 2018


  • Most events in the Stroud Folk Weekend are free – please give generously when you see the collection buckets.
  • There are some ticketed events at the Sub Rooms – details are given on the programme listings where appropriate.






  • There are no camping facilities at the festival. However we have a number of sites in the surrounding Cotswold Hills.  Campsite List